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Raindrops on roses... [Oct. 29th, 2009|07:44 pm]
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And you don't like Colbert because...? [Jul. 29th, 2009|09:19 pm]
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This is mostly for herowlness, but I think others will enjoy it as well.



Bonus points if you can figure out where this is going in the first 10 seconds.
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Abby McGyver [Jul. 12th, 2009|06:26 pm]
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This weekend, instead of staying in Middle-of-nowhere, WI, where I'm doing my internship, I drove to my grandparents cottage, which is in Slightly-east-of-middle-of-nowhere, WI. But both my grandparents were up there, plus my mom and herowlness were driving up for Friday night, so I would at least have company in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, mom and Liz had to drive back on Saturday for a family party (that I was skipping, because I had the excuse of not being in town), so I didn't get to do a ton of fun stuff with them. We did make a little campfire for s'mores, plus we went on a boatride and played a rushed game of minigolf (Liz won) on Saturday morning. And I stayed the rest of the weekend and hung out with the grandparents, which was fun.

One thing about my grandparents is that they play a lot of card and board games. I've been playing cribbage against my grandpa since I was, like, 7 or so. For those who aren't familiar with Cribbage, it's a fairly straightforward game (or at least I think so), involving cards and scored with pegs on a wooden board. I won't go into the details, mostly because it would take too long and isn't that interesting. But my grandpa plays *a lot* of cribbage; he'd been in a league for many years and he and my grandma play a game almost every night. I, on the other hand, play pretty much only when I'm around them, especially since my grandpa challenges me to a game pretty much every time he sees me. So, it's not unexpected that, most of the time, he beats me. But once in a while, I have really good cards, and manage to beat him. It seems to mostly come in streaks, for reasons I can't explain.

But anyway, the last couple times I've played him, I've lost, so when he wanted to play this weekend, I wasn't really expecting to be victorious, but I agreed to play, because I like playing and there was always a chance I'd be lucky. I picked the blue pegs for scoring, because they are my grandma's favorite and I was hoping they'd work for me. Well, I don't really know what it was, but I managed to win, in fact SKUNK, my grandpa in both games we played. (Skunking is a cribbage term that basically means winning by a lot--so much that it counts as two wins, if you are keeping track.) I was excited, of course, but it turns out, the universe wasn't so happy...

Photographic evidence of my response to the universe"s disappointmentCollapse )

You see? I'm quite proud of this accomplishment, so I had to share it with you. Aren't you impressed?
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(no subject) [Jun. 15th, 2009|08:01 pm]
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(no subject) [May. 6th, 2009|01:32 pm]
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Fans of The Colbert Report may enjoy this old clip from The Daily Show.

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EDIT: It turns out there are several clips in this vein, the "Pre-Colbert Report Colbert Report" as it were. You can watch them at the end of this list (go to page 13, at the bottom, the oldest ones). There's a lot of repeated footage between them, but that's how it goes sometimes.
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So muscials *aren't* like real life? [May. 4th, 2009|11:16 am]
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(no subject) [Apr. 27th, 2009|06:24 pm]
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If there's one thing I hate, it's meaningless mnemonics. The oldest, most commonly known example of this is a favorite of geometry teachers: How do you remember sine, cosine, and tangent? SOH CAH TOA! ... What? What is that? It doesn't mean anything! It seems to defy the purpose of a mnemonic to have it be more difficult to remember than the actual information it is supposed to help you recall. I mean, even if you can repeat SOHCAHTOA out loud, it doesn't mean you know how to spell it "correctly", and without that, it's useless. It could be SO KA TOA; or SO CAT OA, or SOAK A TOE A. Nevermind that sine, cosine, and tangent aren't that hard to remember anyway!

If you are wondering why this is coming up now, seeing as my geometry days are far behind me (not by choice though, really, since I LOVED geometry), it's because I got another beauty of a useless mnemonic today. We had a lecture on the eye, and to explain the nerves to the muscles of the eye, most of which are innervated by the oculomotor nerve, but two of which are innervated by other nerves, the reading and powerpoint both said, "just remember 'LR6 (SO4)3"". WHAT? THAT'S NOT ANYTHING! (As evidence of how useless it is, I had to fix it what I just wrote; I got the numbers wrong the first time.) The idea is this, for those non-science people: LR stands for the lateral rectus muscle and it is supplied by cranial nerve 6, the abducens nerve; SO stands for superior oblique and it is supplied by cranial nerve 4, the trochlear nerve, the 3 is for cranial nerve 3, the oculomotor nerve, which supplies all the other eye muscles. ONCE AGAIN, not that hard to remember on its own and an unmemorable mnemonic sure isn't needed. Who comes up with this stuff? (The annoying thing is that I usually remember these stupid mnemonics, not because they are good ones, but because they are so ridiculous!)

On a somewhat unrelated note, I came across this comic today that describes my thoughts on TV quite well:
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My friends often scold me for saying "That could never happen!" to things on TV shows, saying that I should just roll with it. I say it a lot of Bones, which makes this comic even more appropriate, since I'm pretty sure that's supposed to be Booth and Brennan in the upper right panel, and the caption is pretty much exactly what I think every time Angela has some new random computer trick for images.

FYI: Comic originally from http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php?f=1156.
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Forget computerized medical records...How about computerized Senate? [Apr. 5th, 2009|12:26 pm]
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How is it possible that the United States Senate hasn't figured out PowerPoint yet?

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Google will save the world [Mar. 22nd, 2009|11:42 am]
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If you are bored, you might have fun checking this out. I was wondering if there was an archive of all the Google doodles (the variations on the logo for special occasions) and there is! It goes all the way back to 1999, so you can look at how dorky the first few were. But they get much more impressive as the years go by.

I think I'll take this opportunity to also recommend Gmail to anyone who hasn't discovered it yet. From the begining, it was the best email I've ever had (tons of storage, searchability, conversations, etc), but it just keeps getting better and better as they add new features. Every feature that I've ever wished they had (forgotten attachment detector, undo send, etc) I think they have now implemented. And just to make this a *total* Google commercial, I also like their other apps, like Google reader (which is way better than LJ for reading RSS feeds), Google docs, Google product search (formerly called Froogle, which I think was a much better name), Google trends, and even Google Flu Trends, which has the potential to literally save the earth (well, sort of).
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Happy Sunday! [Mar. 1st, 2009|09:39 am]
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Booo! [Feb. 5th, 2009|05:39 pm]
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So, the House voted today to delay the DTV transition until June.  Now I have to keep hearing those stupid commercials about how "TV is changing" and warning me to "make sure I'm ready".  I don't really get what was wrong with the February date that's been set for more than a year.  If you didn't manage to learn that the switch was coming, you obviously don't watch that much TV, and therefore wouldn't be that affected by the switch.  And I bet you'd figure it out pretty quick once you stop getting a television signal.

I wish the government would stop coddling people.  It's not that big of a deal.

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I'd like to make a bet... [Jan. 24th, 2009|09:17 pm]
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...that the number of times Barack Obama is on the cover of Time magazine as president will not exceed the number of times he was on the cover *before* he was president.  What do you think?  Anyone want to take my bet?

As a little background info, he has been on the cover (either alone or with someone, but as a main focus) so far 16 times (I'm not counting the 2nd to last one listed where he's with a whole bunch of other people).  One of those is this week's, so so far the score is 15 time pre-inauguration and 1 time after.  Do you think he will make the cover at least 15 times more as president?  I just can't imagine how many more cover-worthy things he can do, but his face does sell magazines, so I'm sure we'll see a bunch more.  Probably not 15 more, but we'll see.

For comparison, it looks like Newsweek has had him on the cover 14 times in the last year (and I'd be willing to guess additional times longer ago), but their covers are less searchable, so that might not be an accurate count.

Also, on the subject of magazines, does anyone have any recommendations for weekly magazines?  I finish my Time way too early before I get the next one, so I'm toying with getting a second magazine to give me something to read in between.   I'm not sure what to get though.  My parents get Newsweek, so that seems a little redundant.  I've heard good things about The Economist, but I haven't been that impressed by the few issues of it I've seen.

Double-plus also: I need a new, non-partisan political icon.  Any suggestions or places to look?

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The office of the President [Jan. 21st, 2009|06:29 pm]
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Okay, I have lots of thoughts on the Inauguration and whatnot that I keep meaning to post, but I really don't have time for a long post right now. However, I do want to post one thing while it is still relevant, because if I wait much longer, everyone will be all "Why are you bringing this up now? It doesn't matter anymore."

So, I think it's pretty clear that I am an Obama supporter, I voted for him and all that jazz, and I've made a couple of posts about cool things he's been talking about. So, obviously, I'm glad it's finally his turn, glad that he can get started on everything he's talking about.

And, of course, as Obama was so fond of saying, we have only one president at a time, so for Obama to get to work Bush has to leave office. So, in that way, I can totally get why people are glad to see the end of the Bush presidency.

But what is NOT cool is booing and generally disregarding the entire Bush presidency. Doing things like clapping spitefully as his helicopter flies away. Cheering like a maniac every time Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert mentions how his term is almost up.

Show a little respect, people. George W. Bush, for all the things he's done or laws he's passed that I don't totally agree with, is (former) President. That's an office that deserves respect. I'm not saying you can't disagree with his ideas or even openly challenge them, but do it with respect. I fully believe that everything W did over the course of his presidency was done in what he believed to be the best interests of the country. He never did anything maliciously, he really did try to serve as best he could, even if things didn't work out the way he or the rest of us would have wanted.

In spite of his failings, he was democratically elected to TWO terms*. As Americans, we need to have respect for the democratic process and respect the leaders we get from it, whether or not we agree with them.

As a side note, I know a lot of the news outlets have been talking about all Obama's jabs at Bush in his speech, but I'm not too concerned about that, really. To my ears, they were a bit more subtle than the majority of the population acts when discussing 43.



BTW, as a disclaimer, I'm not directing this at anyone on my flist or anything. Just a general comment, and no need to feel personally attacked or anything.

*I realize that to some people there is debate as to whether the 2000 election ended democratically, but that's a discussion for another time. For the record, I fall firmly on the side that he was democratically elected, because everyone played by the rules that were in place when the election started (ie electoral college, Supreme Court authority).
  Either way, the 2004 term he just ended was certainly a democratic election.
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In case you were curious... [Dec. 22nd, 2008|10:34 am]
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From here.
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You know you've been studying too much Biochem when... [Dec. 17th, 2008|07:16 pm]
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your train of thought in trying to think of the word "Pseudoephedrine" is "Phenylalanine...Phenylephrine...epinephrine..." and then pretty much getting confused right there. Why do all the science-y words sound so similar?

But anyway, at least I am now done with Biochem AND genetics (at least, assuming I passed, which I'm pretty sure I did, but I've never had a class with the pass line at 80%). Now just two more tomorrow (Is it Friday yet?), the worst of them last. Think happy thoughts for me around 3:30 CST tomorrow...I really need to do well on this final.

To all you people out there who are already done for the semester (or not in school anymore)...well, I don't even want to hear about it. ;)
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Barack Obama keeps it cool [Dec. 7th, 2008|11:24 am]
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Yeah, he does.

from last night's SNL:


Also, a few days ago, I was enjoying watching clips from much earlier in the campaign season. There were some good ones from SNL (and other places, but I'm not going to track them down right now) during the primaries and whatnot. A sampling:

Behind the cut, since it ended up being pretty longCollapse )

If you've seen others that I might have missed, link me up! I love any and all political humor.
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Barack Obama is my new hero [Dec. 6th, 2008|01:13 pm]
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Okay, so people probably already knew that I like Obama, but in his "radio address" (which is actually in the form of an internet video, with text version on his website) today, he said something that made me like him even more. The fifth point in his economic recovery plan is:

In addition to connecting our libraries and schools to the internet, we must also ensure that our hospitals are connected to each other through the internet. That is why the economic recovery plan I’m proposing will help modernize our health care system – and that won’t just save jobs, it will save lives. We will make sure that every doctor’s office and hospital in this country is using cutting edge technology and electronic medical records so that we can cut red tape, prevent medical mistakes, and help save billions of dollars each year.

YES! I have been saying for AGES how *ridiculous* it is that a lot of health care facilities still don't have electronic medical records. It is further unwise that the ones that *do* exist can't communicate with each other.  I truly did not expect him or another politician to jump on this idea as a step to fixing healthcare, but I'm SO glad he is.  It is a fairly basic idea that will have a significant impact on the healthcare system (reducing repetitive tests, identifying drug interaction, reminders for screening and preventative measures, etc.).  

Rock and roll, President-elect Obama.
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Open for questions [Dec. 6th, 2008|10:52 am]
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(I'm sorry, I know I've posted about Obama/politics rather incessantly in the past few weeks, but it's interesting to me. I've got another thing to share, but feel free to skip if politics isn't your thing. Have a lovely day!)

If you have some free time before Friday at midnight, you might want to check out Open for Questions at the change.gov website. It's a collection of user-submitted questions for the Obama administration and you can vote on other people's questions. There are, of course, some horrible questions that are irrelevant, nonsensical, or unreasonable. But I've been enjoying looking through them, and it's a good break from studying. (Even if I don't really have time for breaks.)


ETA: I just came across this question that made me laugh: "I'd like to get a transparency for my overhead projector, is this the right forum?"
Because Obama is all about "transparency", right? Get it? Heehee.



(See, it's *like* a poll, since you can go to the website and answer questions (Yes, "meh", and No are the choices--really). But since I am lame with a basic account I can't put actual polls in the journal, but, you know, I can pretend.)
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No le encuentras nada aqui! [Nov. 6th, 2008|08:32 pm]
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Happy birthday, Sarah!

...What, you were hoping for something more than a monkey? Picky, picky... Well, in that case, maybe you should try looking in this direction?
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YAY! [Nov. 6th, 2008|03:12 pm]
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My Election Day Wish might come TRUE!
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VOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTE!! Please? [Nov. 4th, 2008|12:42 pm]
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Everyone else is doing it, and even though no one really reads my journal, I decided to do a PSA asking people to vote. Most people who read this I've probably already bugged about voting, but just in case you weren't sure if you were going to, I thought I'd give you one extra push. Even if you don't know who to vote for, go and pick one of the third-party candidates. (Though don't write-in something silly, since, according to my Grandma who was (is?) a poll-worker, it makes tons of extra, unnecessary work for them to catalogue your joke vote for Mickey Mouse or whatever.) It very well could be a historic election, so don't you want to forever be able to say you were a part of it?

Also, since I didn't get a sticker when I voted (Lame! They didn't have any and I even heard someone ask about them), I'm going to post one here to make me feel better about it.

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My intention is to get a ton of studying done now and then take the night off to watch the results. Assuming that goes well, I will probably post more later tonight. Happy Election Day!
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My election night wish [Nov. 1st, 2008|08:02 pm]
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There's one thing I'm really hoping will happen on election night, and it's probably not something anyone else is hoping for.

I really want either Maine or Nebraska to split its electoral votes and not give them all to one candidate.

I think it's a cool little quirk in the system that 48 states award all-or-none electoral votes, but two have decided to award them more proportionately. (I'm a little fuzzy on the exact specifics of how this works, though I know it's not a direct proportion of number of votes won. It's something more to do with who wins which district, but I can't be bothered to look up the details.)

HOWEVER, even though these two states allow mixed distribution of EV, neither state has ever awarded their votes to more than one candidate. I think that's such a pity, that they are unique enough to have this rule on the books, but have never actually used it. And FiveThirtyEight doesn't think it's likely to happen this time, but I would be so excited if it did. Even if it didn't affect the outcome, I think it would be fun to watch the analysis, especially since it might not really be that exciting of an election night, not like 2000.

I'm willing to bet my wish won't come true this time around, but I'm willing to wait patiently for next time around. Someday...
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Did you know... [Oct. 25th, 2008|04:58 pm]
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"ravel" and "unravel" are both synonyms and antonyms?

Don't believe me? From dictionary.com:

"ravel: 1582, "to untangle, unwind," also "to become tangled or confused" (1585), from Du. ravelen "to tangle, fray, unweave," from rafel "frayed thread." The seemingly contradictory senses of this word (ravel and unravel are both synonyms and antonyms) are reconciled by its roots in weaving and sewing: as threads become unwoven, they get tangled."
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Llama for Obama? [Oct. 15th, 2008|05:48 pm]
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Okay, I need a verdict from the grammar people on my flist. (Anyone else can weigh in, too, even if you don't consider yourself a grammar person.)

What is this Facebook Flair button trying to say:


Obviously, the text says, "Only a llama, would vote for Obama." But the way I see it that can be interpreted two different ways. Either

"He's only a llama, but he would vote for Obama"

or

"No one besides a llama would vote for Obama".

The last one means that the comma is inserted incorrectly, but I don't have nearly enough confidence in the Flair makers that they know their grammar. What say you all?


PS The Llama button was sent to me by a friend (who knows how much I love llamas) in response to me sending her my current icon, which I just found yesterday.

PPS I'm not trying to start any political drama, I really don't care who you vote for and I am certainly not trying to get you to vote for Obama by posting this.
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NPH=Love! [Aug. 15th, 2008|10:13 pm]
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(no subject) [Aug. 14th, 2008|08:38 pm]
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Okay, I started this posted ages ago, but didn't get around to finishing it until now. I've been super-busy, what with starting med school on MONDAY, so I'm a little surprised I even managed to get it up by now. So anyway, understand that this happened a little while ago and I don't really have time to go into great detail. But I think the pictures speak for themselves.

So, herowlness, shadow_radar, stuntriderjenny, and I went to the local county fair over the weekend. The original reason we went was to see Boston and Styx (yes, the awesome classic rock bands) in concert, but the majority of this post is about the other thing we saw, which was probably the most adorable thing ever. Luckily, I had my camera, and herowlness demanded that I LJ about it. It's a bit belated, but here it is.

Llamas! In Costume! What could be better?Collapse )
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A few things... [Jun. 14th, 2008|08:04 pm]
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It has been absolutely ages since I've posted anything here. There are a few reasons for that, I guess. Being back from school has thrown off my routine enormously, so that's probably the main reason. I thought I'd just make a quick post now, while I'm thinking of it, about a couple of things that have been going through my mind.

1. Of course, politics is the main content of this post (that's just the way I am). It's becoming more apparent to me that this election is bringing out all the crazies, really more crazies than I (somewhat optimistically, I guess) actually thought were around. I mean, first there's the people who actually believe all the absurd rumors about Barack Obama being a muslim or not saying the pledge or whatever. (If you are someone who believes these things are true, check this page out, please.) I'm not saying that I think everyone should support him; I'm not even sure I'm going to vote for him in November. (Side note: my facebook page still lists me as a support of both BHO and McCain. This is left from January, when I picked the person I liked best from each party. I guess it turns out I have pretty good taste, huh?) But even if you don't support him, it should be for real reasons, not just because of what religion he may or may not be a part of. By real reason, I mean things like how he'd lead the country, his views on important issues, etc.

2. Closely related to my previous point, the other example of crazies in this election is the Clinton supporters who have decided to back McCain instead of Obama. I'm not saying all of them are completely silly; maybe some of them are like me and are somewhat moderate and really do agree with McCain on more things. But the vast majority of them, I think, are strong democrats and certainly would be better represented by BHO. It was one thing when it was just "ordinary" voter pledge to swing to McCain, but there is now a story about a Wisconsin DELEGATE who has vowed to vote McCain at the state DEMOCRATIC convention. Um, what? That doesn't even make sense; it's not like he has any chance of being elected as the democratic nominee. (At least McCain voters in the general could swing the election.) If she just wants to make a symbolic gesture, she could just vote Hillary even though HRC has asked her delegates to support BHO. Crazy, I tell you.

3. Storms have been crazy around here for the past week or so, though luckily my town hasn't been hit very hard. I keep hearing things about other parts of the midwest being hit hard and I wonder how people on my flist are doing. I particularly have noticed reports about the Des Moines area being evacuated, and I wonder how herowlness's friends are doing. Also, Illinois peeps, what's going on where's your at? I hope no one's homes are totally flooded nor possessions totally ruined.
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The edWord [Apr. 18th, 2008|04:20 pm]
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This clip is fanTAStic:


I generally love Stephen Colbert, and am a huge fan of the segment "The Word." "The EdWord" version from last night's show was phenomenally funny, with John Edwards making a guest appearance. HRC and Obama were also on Colbert last night, but their clips weren't as great. If you are interested anyway, the clips are on comedycentral.com.

As a funny side note, I was sitting the the cyber cafe since my computer is annoyingly broken, watching the Obama clip. My old chemistry teacher came up to me and starting talking about Obama, and why he doesn't like him, and we had this discussion about politics that was really interesting. I love talking about politics, especially with people who understand what's going on.
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Poltical Mish-mash [Mar. 4th, 2008|10:30 am]
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As an Obama supporter, I have some bad feelings about today. For those of you who don't know, today is a big primary day: Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The most important are Texas and Ohio; the Clinton campaign has basically hung all their hopes of a continued competitive race on winning both these states. Earlier last week, I would have said fairly confidently that she wouldn't be able to do it, that Obama would surely beat her in at least one of the two (probably Texas). But now...I feel like the tides are turning in Clinton's favor. I'm getting deja vu of New Hampshire, you know, right after Obama won Iowa, the press was basically saying he'd get the nomination...and then Clinton won NH and shook things up again.

That same air of inevitability has been swirling around Obama for the past week, which seems ominous. Hillary, no matter how many errors have been made in running her campaign, is a fighter. And she's finally been able to turn the news in her direction, I think. In the past few days, Obama's taken a hit for his double-speak on NAFTA in the debate versus to Canada. And while I don't particularly care about NAFTA, I think that's somewhat damaging to him. I also am getting this feeling that Hillary's remaining supporters (of which there are still a good number) have been re-energized by the upcoming races. Maybe her change of management has paid off. And if we take the rest of this primary cycle to be a guide, voters hate to go the way they are expected. I think there will be some surprises as the results roll in tonight, and not all of them good. It should be an interesting day. The race is far from over.
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Shut UP, Joe Klein! [Feb. 27th, 2008|10:37 am]
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This is now the second time that TIME columnist Joe Klein has stated that Hillary won the healthcare portion of the debate because "she's right." This bothers me to no end, not simply because I strongly prefer Obama's plan, but because he is supposed to be an unbiased journalist. Today's article at least, says more along the lines of "I agree with Hillary," but what he is basically doing is presenting his own opinion and solid, indisputable fact. He does not explore any of the ways in which Obama's plan could be seen as favorable. He simply says Clinton is right and Obama is wrong. It's too bad, because I normally love TIME and the Swampland RSS feed, but these two articles by Joe Klein really rub me the wrong way.

In other news, I watched the beginning of the debate lat night, but I didn't take notes or anything this time. I'm not going to make a reaction post or anything, but I do want to say that the first 20 minutes or so were quite fiesty, especially from Clinton, so you might want to go to msnbc.com and watch it if that sort of thing interests you.

The reason I didn't watch the end (I'm planning to watch it later on the website I just linked) is because my friends and I went to see Enchanted at the budget movie theater. Tuesdays are $1 admission there, so it seemed like a good deal. I wasn't sure how much I'd like it, but it turned out to be a very fun movie. I highly recommend it. It put me in a happy mood for the rest of the night, and I was singing one of the songs this morning still. If you aren't familiar with the movie, it is about a cartoon princess (Amy Adams, who was great) who gets sent out of the cartoon kingdom by the wicked queen to the real world New York City. I'm not really a big fan of fantasy or musicals, but this was perfect. Amy Adams was acting like Disney princesses do (singing to animals, making clothes out of curtains), but in NYC, they were kind of making fun of it, in a very cute way. I won't say any more, but trust me that it's very cute.

Also, I think that band geeks or former band geeks will enjoy this:


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Hillary Clinton Loves Rules [Feb. 22nd, 2008|12:26 pm]
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Hillary Clinton, as most people know, if struggling a little in the democratic primaries as of late. It seems that she's looking into "alternative" ways to secure the nom, including the possibility that superdelegates would override the cumulative primary outcome and support her over Obama. This issue came up in the debate last night, and though Clinton didn't really say that she was aiming at the goal of wooing the supers, this exchange occurred:

RAMOS (questioner from Telemundo): As we can see, this has been an extremely close nomination battle that will come down to superdelegates. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest ranking Democrat in government, said recently, and I'm quoting, "It would be a problem" -- and this is a question for you, Senator Clinton -- "it would be a problem for the party if the verdict would be something different than the public has decided."

Do you agree?

CLINTON: Well, you know, these are the rules that are followed, and you know, I think that it will sort itself out. I'm not worried about that. We will have a nominee, and we will have a unified Democratic Party, and we will go on to victory in November.



Not exactly an alarming or even particularly interesting excerpt from the debate, I know. But she definitely seems to be keeping herself open to the possibility of supers being the deciders. "These are the rules that are followed," she says, meaning that since they all agreed to run in a contest that had supers as a factor, if they determined her to be the nominee, she'd have legitimate claim to it. In theory, I think she's right on this point; as long as the rules are not changed along the way, the nominee will be who it will be. (This goes along with my lost-standing view that even though Gore had more popular votes in 2000, Bush really is the legitimate president, since the electoral college was part of the original rules.) And even though most of the electorate probably doesn't want that to happen (and I personally doubt it will), I would consider her the proper nominee.


HOWEVER, when you contrast this argument with the absolute nonsense that Hillary is saying about Florida and Michigan, it's clear that the "follow the rules as originally agreed upon" idea is really only true if they are in her favor. This link talks about her continued fight to allow FL and MI to seat the delegates (most of whom would vote for her, of course) EVEN THOUGH she agreed to leave them out of the convention before the primaries took place.

So, in summary, Hillary Clinton wants to play by the rules as they were outlined at the beginning of the race, but only insomuch as they benefit her struggling campaign. That seems like the level-headed, unbiased logic we need in a president, don't you think?
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Politics + Me = True Love [Feb. 21st, 2008|10:17 pm]
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I watched the debate tonight even though I've already voted in the primary, and it was wonderful. Honestly, I sometimes think political news like this is as good or better than some of my favorite shows. I watched the whole thing with great interest, minus a brief period where I had to find a new TV since they were making cupcakes or some nonsense in the lounge I was in. (Why don't they broadcast these things on regular TV? It's so WONDERFUL!) (Alternative complaint: Why don't I have cable in my dorm room?)

But anyway, I watched with great interest, like I said, and I took notes again. Okay, so I'm a total geek, but I really just love it and want to share my observations with someone. So, once again, in bullet form (but a little meatier, I think):

  • I forgot to mention last time that Barack Obama is left-handed.  I noticed him taking notes with his left and I think it's an interesting random fact.  Have we ever had a left-handed president?  (According to this, yes, we've had quite a few, in fact.)
  • The press frequently hails Clinton as the "better" debater, and tonight I actually could see why.  I don't think she's more "right" or has better positions, but she knows how to work the debate format.  She tailors her sentences to elicit applause and knows how to manipulate her pitch and rate and general voice to fit it.  Obama, on the other hand, acts as if the applause is almost a nuisance.  Sometimes when they'd clap, he's kinda make a face or gesture like, "Shhh, let me finish."  Honestly, I personally hate all the clapping at political things, but Obama should recognize its role and play to it a little more.  You can tell he's an orator and wants more elegance in his speech than little sound bites, but it's not as big an advantage in debates.
  • I think one of Obama's greatest weaknesses has been his stance on healthcare.  I actually LOVE his plan and find it superior to Clinton's, but I don't think that he's managed to convey the true intention of his plan.  I think he got closer to saying what he means tonight.  Clinton's big criticism is that Obama leaves "15 million uninsured," but I think he managed to at least make inroads into convincing people that these 15 million are the ones who don't WANT healthcareAnyone who does want it will be covered under his plan.  The pundits don't seem to think that he will ever be able to show this point, but I think he's at least doing a better job. 
  • There was a really interesting exchange about English vs Spanish in the US.  Neither wants to make English official, and they both support second language learning, but they express it differently.  Clinton said something like, "I encourage people to do what I have never been able to do, learn a second language."  Why hasn't she been able to?  She said it like learning Spanish was this big impossible thing that she tried but couldn't do, but basically she just never put in the time.  Obama, to be fair, doesn't know a second language, as far as I know, but I liked his response better.  He mentioned that NCLB has led to a decrease in foreign language funding, and as part of a reform, he'd want to require every student to learn a second language.  To me, this shows his global view; he can see how important communication across languages really is.   Of course, as a Spanish major, I'm a little biased on this point.
  • CNN's "Dial Polls" seem to show that voters respond well to Bush-bashing, but it really irks me. What is even worse, in my opinion, is the way Clinton put Bush down several times, but then used his words to show how her healthcare plan is superior to Obama's.  If he is so terrible the rest of the time, why is his opinion important here?
  • I've noticed in the debate (and in other public speeches) that Obama seems to be saying things like, "I'm running for president because..."  I wonder if this is a deliberate tactic by his campaign or just something I am noticing more.  Maybe he's trying to get himself more associated with the word "president."
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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2008|09:54 am]
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Hooray for democracy!
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Five days! [Feb. 14th, 2008|08:10 pm]
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[music |political blogs and videos]

Wisconsin votes in FIVE days! I am very excited about this. I love politics. In the spirit of the upcoming occasion in my fabulous dairy state, I bring you this:



An ad attacking Obama from Clinton. Okay, it's not really from Clinton, it's fake, but I didn't realize that at first. Just watch it and make sure that you read all the words.



Wisconsin deserves a debate every single day until Obama quits.


And enough with the winning already.




Double-secret PS: Happy Valentine's Day, all!
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Some observations about tonight's Democratic debate [Jan. 31st, 2008|09:13 pm]
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  • Hillary's water glass is a short tumbler, while Barack's is a taller, skinnier one.  What's up with that?
  • Hillary seemed to like to just keep talking, no matter if she was on topic or not.  I guess she was hoping she'd eventually hit some things that the audience wanted to hear, but Wolf (Blitzer, the moderator) interrupted her at least 3 times to encourage her to cede the floor, and I don't think he ever had to do that for Obama.
  • Hillary said that the US spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world.  Is that true?  What about those places with complete and total coverage, like Sweden or Switzerland or places in that area?  I wonder if her figure accounts for population or just goes by straight number of dollars spent?
  • They both took several digs at President Bush tonight, though Hillary did more, I think.  I found it really unflattering to the candidate that they felt the need to compare themselves to such an unpopular president in order to look better by comparison.  Prove yourself on your own merits, not a useless comparison.  Plus, I find it offensive that they don't give more respect to the office of president.  No matter your view on his policies, respect his position.  The audience was receptive to these insults, of course, but that just makes it seem like pandering.
  • When they stood up at the end, it was striking how much shorter Hillary is that Obama.  I can't help but think that will be an advantage for him.  In such and important position, the effect of size will be useful.
This is only the second debate I've watched this election cycle--most are on cable channels, and I don't get them.   But I went into the lounge to watch tonight, and I really enjoyed it.  They both made some interesting points about different issues, and it helped me get a better feel for them in general.  I like my newsfeeds, but they don't give a lot of substantive information.  Also, the one-on-one of tonight's was much better than the ridiculous 8 person debates that we going on early in the season. 

Are you surprised that I'm posting again? Three times in the last two days, I think.  Politics seem to bring it out in me.  I've never been one for those take-notes-as-you-watch-type reviews of tv shows, but watching the debate, I found my self jotting down things that were interesting.  I'm so excited about Super Tuesday and the continued importance of the races.  It's very exciting to me, and I hope things stay interesting.  Don't be shocked if I come up with more political posts in the near future.

(If anyone is not liking these political posts, let me know.  I can start putting it behind a cut or making some kind of filter--I promise not to be offended.  I'm trying to stay away from the real meat-and-potatoes, and just put the more superficial stuff here.  But I know that not everyone likes politics, so I'll understand.)
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US Territories in the Primaries? [Jan. 31st, 2008|01:54 pm]
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Did you know that US territories (like Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa) get to send delegates to the Democratic Convention? (And maybe the Republican, too, I don't know.) I didn't, but wikipedia says they do, and I believe it. (Don't even get me started on the subject of Wiki as a reliable source. I have never had a problem with inaccuracies, and it's more comprehensive than most web information, so I trust it.)

I mean, I guess that that makes sense, since they are part of the nation and are certainly affected by the choice of president. But I don't think that they have representatives in other parts of government (ie House of Representatives). And you never hear about the candidates campaigning in those areas. So I was surprised. I wonder how much they affect the election. Are they liberal or conservative? What are their major issues?

Oh, politics, you never fail to give me new things to think about.
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A day of celebration! [Jan. 30th, 2008|03:42 pm]
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Just a quick post because I just realized that today is important for two reasons. First, it's my half birthday. That's right, I am exactly 22 and one-half today. (Uck, that feels old.)

Also, it's my second LJ-anniversary. I missed it last year, so I'm happy that I noticed it this year. Even though I don't post a lot, I'm glad herowlness convinced me to get an LJ.

That's all for now. (Except for a quick note about the excitement of Rudy Guilliani and John Edwards dropping out of the race. I don't mind Edwards, but he wasn't really viable this time around, so I'm hoping some of his support will get deflected to Obama. Looks like Guilliani's will endorse McCain, too, which is cool.)
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McCain wins Florida! (and Guilliani is seemingly out) [Jan. 29th, 2008|09:46 pm]
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For those of you who don't know, I love following politics. So, you can imagine that the primary season is fun for me. All sorts of political news, evolving and changing. Even better when it goes my way, like tonight, when John McCain was declared the winner of the Florida primary.

While I usually lean liberal, lately I've been rooting for McCain. I'm not going to get deep into the actual issues, but suffice it to say that I like McCain's military background and his seeming ability to work across party lines. So on the Republican side, I'm hoping it will be McCain, and so far there seems to be a good chance of him getting the nomination. (Looks like Romney is the only GOP challenger left...I think he can be beaten...)

But like I said, I usually lean liberal. So I'm sorta hedging my bets here and supporting a Dem, too: Barack Obama. I like his style and his ideas on healthcare, among other things. Several weeks ago, I was pretty okay with the idea of Hillary getting the nom, but lately, with her desire to include the Michigan and Florida delegates (since she knew she'd win them), the situation with Bill, and other things, I'm really hoping Obama can beat her. I like the idea of a female president abstractly, but I don't think Hillary is the one for the job.

Once Wisconsin actually gets around to voting--Feb 19, way after Super Tuesday, so I don't have a lot of confidence that it will be a big contest--I will need to make a choice between McCain and Obama, of course. I'm hoping by then one will be a clear winner for his party's nom, and I'll give my vote to the other, who'll need it more.

So that's just my little political update. (If you want to stay more in touch with political news, both of these feeds from Time are good.) Over the break, herowlness asked me what happened to my little pledge to post once a day. Well, obviously, I didn't keep up with it. A combination of lack of time and lack of things to say, I guess. And I'm just about drowning in my current school work (a case of senioritis and med school interviews last week didn't help), so I doubt I'll really pick it up much in the future. But who knows, I might be moved by politics and need another excuse to not do homework. Either way, happy almost-February, all!


PS I should have a political icon, I think. I wonder where I could get one of those...
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Two cool links [Nov. 19th, 2007|10:41 pm]
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Before I go to bed, I wanted to share two fun links I came across today.

USA Today's website has a cool "Candidate match game" here. I've seen other sites and quizzes that claim to match you up with the candidate that best fits your beliefs, but I think the format of this one is the best. In addition to giving you the top three matches (I got Joe Biden, Hillary, and then Obama), it gives you info on the positions of ALL the candidates. That way, if you can see which candidates views are close to yours. Try it out; it's fun.

And the second one is for all the How I Met Your Mother fans. If you haven't seen tonight's episode, this probably won't be as meaningful, but I think it is fantastically awesome. You probably know about the website slapbetcountdown.com, but now that the countdown clock has counted down, you NEED to check out where it redirects to. Trust me, it is legend-waitforit-DARY!
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(no subject) [Oct. 30th, 2007|09:51 am]
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LJ has stopped emailing me notifications for comments on entries of mine in communities. Anyone know what's up with that? I can't seem to even find the option for turning those notifications on and off anymore.
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(no subject) [Oct. 3rd, 2007|08:52 am]
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This is rather exciting news. They are actually bringing back the absolutely awesome show Cupid, by Rob Thomas, who is, of course, the creator of the one and only Veronica Mars. And even though I had many issues with the later seasons of VM, the episodes of Cupid that did run were fantastic, so I hope this next attempt will be as good. I wonder, though, how the Rob Thomas-haters (aka former VM fans) will react. Back in they day, many of them thought Cupid was great, too. But has the ending of VM made them so against everything RT does? (Or just everything KB does?)

I am a little sad that they can't get Jeremy Piven back, since I think he was the best part of the series. Heck, he seems to be the best part of everything he does. But I love him on Entourage, so I understand. If only he would do both. There is still a lot of potential to get it wrong this time around (poor casting, repetition of previous ideas; the "stunt casting" mentioned in the article really worries me), but I think I'll tune in for a while when ever they finally get it on the air.

Hey, maybe they'll actually release the DVDs of the originals as a promo for the new series. That'd be cool.
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Ah, Marshall... [Sep. 26th, 2007|09:01 am]
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How I Met your Mother fans*, if you haven't seen these videos, it's time to check them out. There's some cute "Behind the Scenes" stuff that I didn't even know was there. They put up a four-part series of clips from Marshall and Lily's honeymoon (and other stuff, too). They're not the most fantastic ever, but I particularly liked this line of Marshall's in "part 3":

"I'm only an amateur scientist, okay, Lily? Of course I freaked out. You don't think Alexander Graham Bell freaked out when he discovered the telephone? Bring!! Bring!! Hello?....AHHHHHHHH! Come on, Lily."

Trust me, his delivery, expression, and gestures make this the most awesome quote, ever.



How to get to videos from that link:
1. Click "All Videos"
2. Click "Comedy" when the new window opens.
3. Click "How I Met Your Mother"
4. Click "Bonus" for the Marshal and Lily vids, but the other tabs have cool stuff, too.
PS You may have to use IE for this, which I know is lame, but I can't make it work otherwise, even rendering Firefox as IE. So, sorry, but it's worth it.


*If you are not a HIMYM fan, you should be. You can catch up on the past two seasons with the "HIMYM Retrospective" and watch the third season premiere on the website above, for starters. Trust me, the show is Legend-(wait for it)-DARY! Just ask herowlness.
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(no subject) [Sep. 5th, 2007|08:42 am]
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So, I'm officially going to Costa Rica over Winter Break. I paid for the trip yesterday, so now it's a sure thing. It was kind of a last minute decision; I just started seriously thinking about going last week. I've wanted to go to Costa Rica for some time, and for a little while it seemed like my family might go there on vacation. But now it seems pretty clear that we're probably going to stay in the US for future vacations, so I need to make my own plans if I want to see it.

My school started organizing a trip to Costa Rica last spring, and I wanted to sign up then. But that was before I went to Peru, so I thought I should get through that trip first, to see how it went, being out of the country and away from home. And even though I had a great time in Peru, when I got back, I didn't really think my parents would be too crazy about the idea of me leaving again so soon after the last trip. So I figured I'd have to put off the trip for a while.

But then, one of my Spanish-major friends and I were talking to the study abroad coordinator last week, and she happened to mention that she was thinking about going to Costa Rica. When I told her that I thought it would be a great trip, she managed to convince me to talk to my parents about it. When I mentioned it to my mom, she surprisingly said right away that she thought I should do it. My dad's not as crazy about the idea; I guess he doesn't really see the point (though it's not like he's actively opposed to me going).

But, still, that was all the convincing I needed. I'm all ready to go (well, I still need a few shots), and actually getting really excited about it. It will probably be one of my last chances to travel for some time, so I hope everything goes great.
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Do your part! [Jun. 27th, 2007|06:12 pm]
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This is another quick almost-update about Peru. I still am not organized or ready to put together any kind of actual post about my trip, but this is sort of urgent, so I want to post it before I run out of time. (This will make sense in a minute. Be patient.)

Okay, so the picture I posted little while ago was of Machu Picchu, in case anyone was unaware of that fact. Machu Picchu is the ruins if a huge settlement-type-thing from the Incas that was built/inhabited around the 1400s. It was deserted after about only 100 years, but was rediscovered in the early 1900s. By now it has become a major tourist attraction in Peru, and for good reason. It is amazing to see, especially when you consider the lack of technology of the Incas when they managed to build this anyway. It's also full of symbolism (how many American settlements really worry about symbolism when they are being planned?) and there is enough to see that it could be explored for quite a long time and new things could be found.

But enough with the wordy description. (If you want to know more, you can start here.) The reason I am posting this now is because Machu Picchu, along with 20 other sites in the world, is involved in a vote to pick the "New 7 Wonders" of the world. Some of the other locations are the Statue of Liberty, Easter Island, the Colesseum, and the Eiffel Tower. Even though I haven't really heard anything about the vote, even though there is a candidate in the US, it is a much bigger deal in Peru. There were lots of signs all over urging people to cast their vote for Macchu Picchu. Obviously, the country of Peru would benefit more from the increased tourism and publicity that the designation would bring. Anyway, while I was visiting Machu Picchu, I cast my vote; they had a bunch of clipboards with voting forms all ready for tourist to vote. But now, I am posting this to ask you all to vote. I feel like I am almost a part of Peru after having been there so long, and I'd really like Machu Picchu to earn its place. It really deserves it. The voting ends on July 7 (07/07/07-pretty good day to annouce the new 7 wonders, right?), so that's why I wanted to post this now. If you have a couple of minutes, go to the website and vote for it (and 6 other places, if you want).

I've got a couple more pictures to illustrate the site and the voting and stuffSo take a look behind the cut!Collapse )
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Happy belated LJ-iversary to me! [Feb. 8th, 2007|07:54 pm]
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Dudes, I just realized that I missed my LJ-iversary. AND my half birthday. Which, it turns out, are the same day. January 30. I wasn't really thinking about my anniversary of getting an LJ, cuz I didn't think it had been a year yet, but it totally HAS! Craziness. I made my first-ever post 374 days ago with a totally strange-sounding post about computer issues. I now have 20 friends (which is still pitiful, but better than the just one, my sister, that I had when this fun first began)! So anyway, that's all. Hooray for me! Now it's time for Supernatural!
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Save us, Jack Bauer! [Jan. 15th, 2007|09:14 pm]
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So, I just finished watching the last of the "premiere" of 24. Here's what I learned:



Erm, I guess that's about it. Now, I'm off to bed, since I have to get up early and help my grandmother paint tomorrow.
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(no subject) [Dec. 6th, 2006|10:30 pm]
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It's a Christmas miracle! Last year, in like, October or something, I lost my keys. It was incredibly strange, because I looked everywhere that I could possibly imagine they would be, but I could not find them. Luckily(-ish), they were just my room keys, so I could still drive my car and everything. But I just lost these keys with no idea what happened. I eventually just gave up on them, though it's always sort of nagged me that they just disappeared.

But! This week, they were returned to me! Yes, I thought they were gone forever, but fate had other plans. (hee) A friend of mine found them over the weekend. Very exciting stuf, I know. So here's what happened:

I've been a part of my school's Madrigal Dinner for the last couple years. Part of the Christmas show thing involves us wearing special dresses and such. So last year when I was trying on dresses, I managed to get the keys lost in the sleeve of one of the dresses. I'm not quite sure how that happened, since it seems kinda weird, but that's where my friend found them. It makes sense, sense that's where I thought I might have lost them, but I thought I searched the costume room for them. Aparantly, I failed to look in the dresses, so when my friend tried it on, she discovered my long lost keys. How neat.

Anyway, by now I had pretty much given up on getting them back, so having found them doesn't really affect me that much. But I did get my old ID back, which has a much better picture of me on it than the one I have now. And at least I know what happened to them. It's just so crazy; I never expected them to turn up after all this time.
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Picture Scavenger Hunt [Sep. 10th, 2006|10:24 pm]
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[music |Stone Cold Crazy by Queen]

I'm in RHA (Residence Hall Association) at my school and I need some help planning an event. We are doing a Picture Scavenger Hunt at the end of the week, which, if you don't know what it is, is when you send a bunch of people out with a list and a digital camera and they have to take pictures of everything that's on the list. And we'll give prizes for most pictures, most creative, that sort of thing. Anyway, I need help making up the list. If you have done this sort of thing before, what is fun stuff to look for? I think we are planning mostly on campus things, so think of the kind of things that are on a typical college campus. We also want them to be sort of vague, to encourage creativity. To get you started, here are a few things that we came up with at out meeting:
-Picture with college president
-school art
-If I were office furniture
-how stocked is your fridge?

Obviously not a long list, but that's where you all come in. Comment with helpful suggestions, please! Nothing is too bizzare!
Thanks a billion!
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Llama! [Aug. 26th, 2006|12:25 pm]
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Just in case any of you haven't seen this yet, I implore you to watch the llama song/video. It rocks my socks. Go here:

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php

That is all.
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(no subject) [Aug. 24th, 2006|11:01 am]
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[music |Angry Young Man by Styx]

What I did on my summer vacationCollapse )
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